I’m considering commencing the virtual/online childcare diploma and I’m wondering; can I change to face-to-face classes when the current COVID-19 situation improves?
It is our intention to resume our face-to-face classes as soon as possible; however we will continue to offer virtual/online classes to anyone who prefers to study our Diploma in Early Childhood course from home. The choice will be yours.
How do Virtual Classes compare to other online child care courses?
Unlike traditional ‘online child care courses,’ virtual training is similar to what you would experience in a face-to-face classroom.
Our virtual classes are scheduled regularly (either weekly or fortnightly) ensuring that you remain engaged and your learning remains ‘on-track’. During each live lesson you’ll be able to hear and see your trainer delivering the content to you and your classmates, and you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in activities etc. After each virtual/online class, your trainer will be available for the afternoon to offer support with your studies and answer any questions you may have.
It is our belief that the best learning outcomes for all Diploma of Early Childhood Education learners can only be achieved when training/assessment is conducted within a structured, supportive and interactive learning environment. This type of learning cannot be achieved by studying via traditional online methods where interaction with trainers is often limited and irregular.
Do I need any additional equipment to study the Diploma in child care online?
Importantly, you won’t need any additional equipment other than your home computer/laptop and of course access to the internet (earphones are optional).
Do I need to complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood before I enrol in the Diploma of Early Childhood?
No. There are two different training pathways available to anyone considering enrolling in either our face-to-face or online child care courses.
Pathway 1: Enrol and complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood FIRST, to gain a full qualification BEFORE enrolling into the Diploma course. With this training option, when you are ready to continue into the diploma, you will receive credits for all the units you have successfully completed in your Certificate III. Accordingly your diploma course fees and your course duration will also be reduced too. With this pathway, you will receive TWO qualifications – a Certificate III and a Diploma.
Pathway 2: Enrol straight into the Diploma of Early Childhood (WITHOUT completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood first). With this training option, you will still cover the majority of the Certificate III content before you commence the more challenging Diploma units. However, with this pathway, you will only receive ONE qualification – a Diploma – as no Certificate 3 qualification will be issued.
Will I need to buy textbooks during my diploma of childcare course?
In addition to the child care course fees, you will also be required to purchase 2 textbooks (cost $100.00 each). These text books can be purchased directly from Suzan Johnston Australia upon your commencement in your child care course. Alternatively, if you are studying our childcare course online; you may prefer to buy the eBook versions (cost approximately $41.00 each). You will also be required to pay an additional fee for first-aid training (approximately $110.00). Please see course enrolment form for more details.
Will I need to arrange my own Practical Placement during my diploma in childcare course?
Practical Placement is an important and mandatory component of all child care courses. Accordingly, we will assist you in finding and co-ordinating your practical placement. Over the past 26 years Suzan Johnston Australia has forged strong relationships within the children’s services industry and we have a network of child care centres who regularly (and very happily) host our students’ practical placements.
Learners who are already employed as educators within the industry can contribute any paid hours of employment towards meeting the practical placement requirements of their diploma of childcare.
Can I gain employment whilst I’m completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Course?
Our reputation and our success in producing quality and well-trained diploma educators is second to none. As a result the majority of our diploma in childcare students are able to gain ongoing part-time or casual employment as a result of their practical placement (whilst they are still completing their studies). Any paid hours of employment can be contributed towards meeting the practical placement requirements of their diploma of childcare.
Does the diploma of childcare course include exams?
Our child care courses do not include any scary or stressful exams. Assessments generally involve completing a range of relevant and interesting exercises/activities. You will also be observed and assessed performing your duties within the workplace (during your practical placement).
Do you offer on-site training in the workplace for educators who wish to undertake or upgrade to the diploma in childcare?
Yes! For educators who have current and ongoing employment (full-time or part-time) at a centre and who want to either gain a qualification or further their studies, we can come to you! This flexible training option can be either delivered face-to-face at your centre (at a time that suits you) or you can also enrol in our online/virtual classes. For educators with previous qualifications and experience, your course will be fully-customised to reflect your previous studies and/or industry experience (with credit transfer and/or RPL available to eligible learners).
What are the career prospects for students who graduate from a diploma in child care course in Melbourne?
It is anticipated that the child care industry will continue to experience enormous and unprecedented growth and expansion (with approximately 450 new child care centres having opened within Victoria in the 2018/2019 period). Accordingly, industry demand for quality educators will continue to exceed supply.
Possible career pathways for diploma of childcare graduates may include:
- Child care educator in a child care centre
- Child care educator in a kindergarten/pre-school
- Centre manager/director
- Authorised supervisor
- Group/team coordinator/leader
- Program leader
- Owner – child care centre or family day care
- Manager – before/after school hours care program
- Professional nanny within Australia or overseas
- Play group supervisor
At Suzan Johnston, the majority of our diploma in childcare students successfully secure employment halfway through their course!
What are the career opportunities for students who graduate with a Suzan Johnston diploma in child care?
Based on our industry feedback, it is anticipated that the child care industry will continue to experience enormous and unprecedented growth and expansion. Accordingly, industry demand for quality educators (who hold a Diploma of Early Childhood qualification) will continue to exceed supply.
Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has been designed to empower learners with the highest calibre of skills and knowledge. With our highly respected qualification, our diploma graduates can gain employment in a wide variety of roles including Child Care Educator (within either a child care centre or kindergarten) through to roles as a Centre Manager/Director/Owner.
Once I have enrolled in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education, what kind of training delivery can I expect? How much homework is involved?
With our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you can choose between face-to-face delivery (classroom based) or studying our Diploma in Childcare online (with our virtual classes). Your attendance of scheduled classes is important as every lesson is packed full with important information, dynamic discussions, hands-on practical exercises, role-plays, games and activities. In addition to the scheduled training sessions, this childcare course requires you to spend between 4 – 8 hours per week on assigned homework tasks.
Am I eligible to enrol in a government funded child care course?
Both our classroom-based and online CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are approved for government subsidised training, so if you are eligible, you may only have to pay a small portion of the course fee (whilst the government subsidises the rest).
Working out if you are eligible for a government subsidised child care course can be a little confusing, so let one of our friendly consultants clarify this with you over the phone – it will only take a minute!
Are there any Entry Requirements for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?
Prior to your enrolment in our Diploma child care course you will be required to attend a pre-training interview and complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment. These entry requirements are designed to assist us in determining your suitability for the course and to assist with the planning of any learning support requirements.
What study pathways are available to me after I finish the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?
Should you decide to further your studies after completing the Diploma of Early Childhood, you may transition to a higher-level child care qualification with credits into a Bachelor’s degree at university.
How do I enrol in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?
To enrol in our child care course:
Step 1: Contact us to arrange an appointment/interview time.
Step 2: Attend your interview session at our training centre. This interview will be extremely relaxed and informal. You will be given the opportunity to learn more about our child care courses, ask lots of questions, tour our training centre and to observe our child care classes in action’.
Step 3: During the interview, should you decide to proceed with your enrolment you will have the opportunity to:
sit a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
- check your eligibility for Government Funded training
- complete your enrolment documentation with our assistance
- have your eligibility and your enrolment in our CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care confirmed on the spot.
Why are the Suzan Johnston child care courses different to any another RTO or TAFE courses?
- Suzan Johnston Australia is one of Melbourne’s most trusted and respected training institutions (established since 1959) and have been delivering the accredited child care course in Melbourne since 1994
- Our child care trainers are exceptional and inspirational professionals, who deliver every training session with passion and dedication
- Our classroom-based and online classes are uniquely friendly, interactive and personalised
- Our students individual training needs are respected and valued
- Suzan Johnston Australia has the reputation of delivering child care and nanny courses that are of the highest quality
- Graduates from our exclusive children’s services courses are multi-skilled and have a wide range of employment opportunities
- Our diploma of childcare graduates are known to be quality professionals who are respected within the industry and actively sought after by employers Australia wide
- The Suzan Johnston Training Organization is committed to producing childcare educators who are truly dedicated and capable of providing the best possible standard of care for children
- Approximately 97% of our Diploma in Early Childhood course graduates are successful in finding employment within 3 – 4 weeks of course completion!
We invite you to drop in and experience our unique learning environment for yourself!